21st Annual Bloom-Time Festival

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Thursday May 12, 2016

Spring has finally sprung in Vermont. What better place to experience it than at the 21st Annual Bloom-Time Festival and Open House, Saturday May 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the UVM Horticultural Research and Education Center. Also known as the Hort. Farm, the farm is located off Shelburne Road, at 65 Green Mountain Drive. This free public event will happen rain or shine in celebration of the onset of spring.

Meet the distinguished curators of the Hort. Farm’s varied collections as they talk about their specialties, including conifers, apples, rhododendrons, lilacs and the trees and shrubs in the Cary Garden and the new pollinator garden. Take a guided woodland walk or grab a wagon ride to view the 97 acres making up the Hort. Farm and glimpse the plein air artists at work. Children will enjoy having their faces painted, searching the Cary Garden to find forest fragments to build their own fairy houses, and other activities.

In addition, festival attendees can purchase their annual and vegetable starters from the UVM Greenhouse and Catamount Farm booths and perennials from Master Gardeners. Bring the children and a picnic lunch to enjoy under the elms. (Sorry, no dogs allowed.)

The Friends of the Horticulture Farm is a grassroots organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and promoting the significant plant collections and natural areas of the UVM Horticultural Research and Education Center for education, research, and public enrichment. Members include local garden clubs, master gardeners, professional horticulturists, landscape architects, gardeners, and people who love gardens. For more information, e-mail info@friendsofthehortfarm.org or visit www.friendsofthehortfarm.org.